what actually causes PMS?

what actually causes PMS?

Between 75-90% of women say they experience PMS symptoms regularly.

While PMS symptoms are extremely common, they're not 'normal' and you shouldn't just accept that ‘it’s part of being a woman’ as there are lots of things you can do to support yourself!

What is PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that can cause a wide range of physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms in the days or weeks leading up to menstruation.

What causes PMS?

The exact cause of PMS is not fully understood, but several factors are believed to contribute to the development of these symptoms.

Some of the key factors include:

  1. Hormonal Fluctuations: Changes in hormone levels, particularly fluctuations in oestrogen and progesterone, are thought to play a significant role in PMS. These hormonal shifts can affect neurotransmitters in the brain, potentially leading to mood swings, irritability, and emotional symptoms.

  2. Neurotransmitters: Changes in neurotransmitter activity in the brain, such as serotonin, can influence mood and behavior. Reduced serotonin levels during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the phase before menstruation) may contribute to symptoms of depression and anxiety.

  3. Genetics: There is evidence to suggest that genetics can play a role in susceptibility to PMS. If a woman has close family members who have experienced PMS, she may be more likely to develop it herself.

  4. Lifestyle Factors: Certain lifestyle factors, such as stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, and insufficient sleep, can exacerbate PMS symptoms. These factors may contribute to the severity and frequency of symptoms.

  5. Nutritional Deficiencies:  Research suggests that deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium contribute to the development of PMS symptoms. Dietary choices can impact these nutrient levels. This is something we see as the driving factor in many women's PMS symptoms. Nutrients such as magnesium are easily depleted due to stress - and let's be honest .. lots of us are leading very busy and stressful lives! Low nutrient reserve .. hello worsened PMS! This is where Gigi's PMS & Hormone Balance Blend comes in! 15 premium ingredients that have been clinically shown to alleviate PMS.

  6. Central Nervous System Sensitivity: Some women may have a heightened sensitivity in their central nervous system, making them more susceptible to the effects of hormonal changes and neurotransmitter fluctuations.

PMS can vary significantly from person to person, both in terms of the specific symptoms experienced and their severity. For some women, PMS symptoms are relatively mild and manageable, while for others, they can be quite severe and interfere with daily life.

If you are experiencing severe or disruptive PMS symptoms, it's a good idea to seek support. You shouldn't have to suffer through debilitating monthly PMS Symptoms!

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